KEM Attends McAleese 10th Annnual Defense Programs Conference – DPC10

Each year, KEM takes pride in attending industry events with our valued network of partners. Recently, we had the absolute pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Defense Programs Conference (DPC10), presented by McAleese & Associates.

Pictured (R TO L) Ken Miller KEM CEO, Jim McAleese of McAleese & Associates, Christopher Kubasik, CEO L3 Technologies

McAleese & Associates, of Sterling, VA,  works with small, medium and large Government contracting companies that do business with the Federal Government. The Defense Programs Conference features esteemed speakers on topics of Budget, Defense and trending Military topics. The 2019 discussions included: years of previous sequestration, their toll, sapping DoD’s Readiness & postponing long-awaited Modernization.

It was a pleasure to attend as a team and to gain firsthand insight from each of the honorable speakers in attendance. To Jim and his exceptional team, congratulations on a decade of successful conferences and many more to come. We look forward to attending in 2020!

Pictured (R to L), General Duncan McNabb, United States Air Force (ret.), ACS Board Member & 9th Commander, USTRANSCOM, Ken Miller KEM CEO, Lauren Durante Longwell KEM Director of Analysis and Communication

KEM Supports the Undersea Warfare Battle (USW)

KEM supports the Undersea Warfare Battle (USW) of the 21st Century. In collaboration with our valued network of partners, we work together on:

  • Autonomous Undersea Systems
  • Sensors (Netted & Unnetted)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Together with our team, we provide Defense innovations in the A2/AD environment to assist the United States in countering emerging threats.

Our KEM team brings unparalleled experience and knowledge, creating continuous innovation and U.S. Undersea dominance.

Reflecting on the future of USW, in relation to U.S. Defense and how KEM supports primes with our capabilities, KEM partner Admiral John Nathman (USN, Ret.) notes,

“With the elevation of both China and Russia to the highest risk levels to the USA’s national security, the Military capabilities investments by those countries are very concerning. But, it should be noted the importance of the United States’ relationship with NATO allies and particularly with Norway. This relationship is so incredibly important to measures that both the U.S. and Norway must take in the near future to deflect postures of those countries, which could be very dangerous if not deterred. A pressing example would be the significant spread of China’s economic influence and its mounting military presence in the western Pacific. That potential battle space is so large that current reconnaissance and up to date information are quite limited, particularly in undersea operations. One significant key to knowing what’s changed under the waves of the western Pacific is connecting substantial sensors, modules and unmanned vehicles capabilities of both the U.S. and Norway.  Norway’s defense of its own waters, the North Sea and Baltic against Russian intrusions is exceptional, so connecting that knowledge to the Pentagon and the U.S. Navy is a win-win. KEM is the leader in bringing integration of U.S. and Norway firms in future defense capabilities and relationships to the benefit of both countries.”
Relatedly, KEM partner Admiral Scott Swift (USN, Ret.) commented,
KEM’s legacy of successful engagement with peers and partners in enhancing their individual and collective USW capabilities is even more critical in today’s war fighting environment than ever before. As war fighting domains blend, near-peer competitors become peer competitors, and historical advantages decrease and opportunities for breakthrough capabilities diminish. The undersea domain becomes a very difficult space to navigate alone.  The critical advantage of teaming with KEM is a clear advantage to ensuring success in this complex and rapidly evolving battle space. With their deep and sustained relationships with U.S., allied and partner Military leaders and broad engagement across the tech, academic and defense sectors, coupled with their insight and perspective as to where today’s and tomorrow’s threats are going, KEM is a critical element in any organization’s strategy for success in the USW increasingly competitive space.”
These strategic relationships directly enhance the reach of our capabilities in the USW sectors. We will continue to support Undersea Warfare and ensure that the United States remains the global leader in Naval Defense and expertise.

#KEM10 January Highlight l Adaptive Cargo Solutions

It has been a true pleasure celebrating KEM’s 10th year in operations, reinforcing our dedication to supporting the warfighter. To highlight #KEM10, we have featured our valued Strategic Partners who are integral parts of the team.

To close out a successful anniversary year, it is a privilege to highlight the final Strategic Partner of the campaign, Adaptive Cargo Solutions (ACS). They are a key asset to the team.

ACS is a Veteran-Owned, Minority-owned small business, with intent to become the industry’s most forward-looking container company, changing mobility and sustainment paradigms in DoD, Commercial, and e-Commerce market spaces.

ACS produces next generation composite mobile shipping and storage container systems. All products are guaranteed and comprised of composite, ranging in size and capabilities. Their product lineup of advanced composite containers includes the ARC7, ARC48, ARC108 and ARC360. As a proud member of the National Defense Transportation Association, ACS operates by a core set of values: Integrity, Reliability, Safety, Innovation & Respect. They are a key asset to the KEM Team as a force in the logistics world and aiding organizations addressing local, national and global missions. Their goal to enhance global logistics pairs directly with our capabilities and goal to assist the warfighter.

ACS Board of Directors Member, General Duncan J. McNabb highlights ACS’ partnership with KEM,

“Ken Miller and his KEM team continue to be a global force in developing innovative solutions directed towards complex logistics problems. Ken is a renowned expert in Washington, Department of Defense, and Pentagon processes and superbly helps others navigate and succeed in dealing with them.  I have been a proud collaborator with Ken Miller and KEM for over 20 years and his leadership, brilliant business mind, and outstanding team continue to help advance the state of logistics and transportation enterprises worldwide.” – General Duncan J. McNabb U.S.A.F. (ret.), ACS Board of Directors

KEM recognizes the superior value that ACS offers to the logistics and transportation world. We are grateful to have ACS as a Strategic Partner and we look forward to continued success in 2019!

 

#KEM10 November Highlight | Dave Creasy

As we near 2019, KEM continues to highlight its various Strategic Partners who contribute to bettering and strengthening our mission to support the warfighter. Join us in recognizing the superior value created by our strategic partners as key members of our team in our ongoing celebration of #KEM10 – KEM’s 10th year in operations.

KEM is proud to welcome Mr. Dave Creasy of Vienna, VA to our valued network of strategic partners. Dave’s extensive knowledge of remote sensing satellite operational collection capabilities within the space information domain adds an invaluable layer of expertise to our consulting team.

His career with the US Navy spans 37 years, which included 20 years of active duty service and 17 years following retirement as part of the Navy staff in the Pentagon.  His significant career achievements include:

  • Developed onboard targeting capability for the F/A-18 Super Hornet for GPS-Guided Weapons; expansion of the operating parameters of multiple National and Commercial Satellites permitting them to provide Open Ocean Surveillance to the US Navy fleet & maritime analytical organizations.
  • Drafted the first comprehensive requirements document which outlined detailed collection parameters to support Open Ocean Surveillance from space-based satellite systems.
  • Developed a ground architecture which permits commercial imagery satellites to provide a vessel detection capability in an operationally time-relative fashion to the US Navy fleet.

Mr. Creasy reflects on joining the KEM team,

“I look forward to partnering with KEM and Associates to develop a ground processing architecture which will permit commercial remote sensing satellites to provide time-relevant operational information to the warfighter.” – Mr. Dave Creasy

In welcoming Mr. Creasy to the KEM team, CEO Ken Miller notes,

“KEM and Associates is pleased to have Dave Creasy join us as a strategic partner. Dave’s expansive experience in the space information domain is a talent that our team is excited about having.” – Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates

With our Domain Knowledge spanning air, land, sea, space and cyber, Mr. Creasy’s credentials will be both beneficial and efficient in navigating the space domain. From all of us at KEM, welcome to the team! We consider it a true privilege to have you as a Space Domain Strategic partner.

#KEM10 October Highlight l CWilliams LLC

As we near 2019, KEM continues to highlight its various Strategic Partners who contribute to bettering and strengthening our mission to support the warfighter. Join us in recognizing the superior value created by our strategic partners as key members of our team in our ongoing celebration of #KEM10 – KEM’s 10th year in operations.

Charlie E. Williams Jr. of CWilliams LLC  is our next feature in the series. As the former Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) –  & Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S.A.F., Mr. Williams contributes invaluable expertise to the KEM team related to federal contracting and the processes in the acquisition cycle.

Mr. Williams is the President of CWilliams LLC. His organization provides strategic advice to the defense industry in direct support of the acquisition process, contract formation and the process of contract management. During his tenure at the DCMA, he successfully led an agency of over 12,000 military and civilian personnel involved in global contract management, spanning more than 18,000 contractors and $200 billion in unliquidated contract obligations.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM reflects on our partnership with Charlie Williams,

”Charlie is a world class government contract expert. A true professional who is a pleasure to work with.”

With his significant experience in the acquisition field, Mr. Williams is skilled in assisting industry leaders in navigating the complexities of the defense acquisition system. He also proudly serves as President of the National Contract Management Association. His vast industry prowess related to contract formation and acquisition planning compliments KEM’s high-level mission of supporting the warfighter. Our team is proud to have Mr. Williams as a valued Strategic Partner.

KEM Attends AUSA 2018 with Strategic Partner Jim Boyle

Throughout the year, KEM attends key events within the Defense and Aerospace sector that foster networking, strategic partnerships and offer firsthand insight into Defense Trends. Last month, KEM CEO Ken Miller attended AUSA’s (Association of the United States Army) Annual Meeting with valued Strategic Partner, Jim Boyle of JFBoyle Associates LLC  at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

AUSA’s 2018 turnout featured 31,000 attendees – this year’s theme was, “Ready Today, more Lethal Tomorrow.” It was an honor to have Jim Boyle accompany KEM to this event. In reflecting on the AUSA meeting, Mr. Boyle noted,

“The exhibitions at AUSA reflected a larger presence of international products and ARMY leadership priorities that are incentivizing the accelerated delivery of capabilities for testing by the ARMY. There was a clear focus by the ARMY on speed for deployment.”

Additionally, Mr. Boyle reflected on KEM’s capabilities and partnership,

“I recognize Ken Miller’s ability to craft solid solutions in complex acquisition environments. Ken knows how to sort through the complexities and bring teams and solutions together.”

The entire KEM team appreciates the importance and value of our partnership with Mr. Boyle and his direct support at the event. As seen via AUSA.org, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper described this year’s event as “very successful.” KEM looks ahead with anticipation to attending AUSA 2019.

#KEM10 September Highlight l Jason Collado

Throughout 2018, KEM continues to highlight its invaluable Strategic Partners who contribute to bettering and strengthening our mission to support the warfighter. Join us in recognizing the superior value created by our strategic partners as key members of our team in our ongoing celebration of #KEM10 – KEM’s 10th year in operations.

As the next partner in the series, we are proud to highlight the skill and talent of Jason Collado, Founder of Jason Collado Creative Services. He is a gifted and prolific leader, serving as Creative Director, Brand Strategist, Designer & Copyrighter. Jason offers a multifaceted creative background with a wide range of experience.

In honing his skillset and capabilities, Jason’s creative background has spanned decades, notably assisting as Creative Lead with WBEB-FM Radio in Philadelphia, PA. With a high-level focus on Brand Strategy, Jason has collaborated with significant brands and agencies during his time with WBEB-FM. Having acquired industry experience, Jason expanded as an independent consultant, designer and creative services contractor. His current client portfolio is diverse, spanning various sectors, which include Broadcast, Entertainment, Film, DoD/Aerospace, Biochemistry, Financial and Health & Beauty.

It continues to be a pleasure for our team to have Jason as a valued Strategic Partner. His contributions to our website, graphics and media kits are second to none. In his own words, Jason has reflected on nearly a decade-long partnership with our team,

KEM is focused and calculated when mapping out a plan for success, and truly embrace the creative process. I am always excited to roll up my sleeves and get in the trenches with them every step of the way.”

KEM CEO Ken Miller noted the following about Jason’s expertise,

“Jason is a creative genius who always delivers superior products on time and cost. Great team player!”

#KEM10 September Highlight l TIV LLC

Throughout 2018, KEM continues to highlight its invaluable Strategic Partners who contribute to bettering and strengthening our mission to support the warfighter. Join us in recognizing the superior value created by our strategic partners as key members of our team in our ongoing celebration of #KEM10 – KEM’s 10th year in operations.

Our September feature is Will Vith, Owner of TIV LLC,

TIV LLC has been a proven partner for over 4 years to KEM and Associates (KEM) and a valued partner since company inception of Adaptive Cargo Solutions (ACS).

Will has played a multi-faceted role to help both KEM and ACS achieve our highest level goals. Will has helped us exceed our business goals by utilizing eye-catching images and captivating writing, while keeping the customer always in mind and employing a compelling understanding of SEO.

TIV LLC provides strategic social media management services.  Their efforts focus on engaging with their clients’ audiences and looking for new opportunities to increase reach and visibility across all platforms. Will’s success is based off a three prong strategy of Consult where he identifies his clients’ digital marketing goals and visions followed by Strategize to determine the social media accounts that best compliment their business then Execute to begin targeting monthly management of social media accounts including detailed analytics reporting.

#KEM10 July Highlight | JFBoyle Associates LLC

Throughout 2018, KEM continues to highlight its invaluable Strategic Partners who contribute to bettering and strengthening our mission to support the warfighter. Join us in recognizing the superior value created by our strategic partners as key members of our team in our ongoing celebration of #KEM10 – KEM’s 10th year in operations.

Our July feature is Mr. Jim Boyle, of JFBoyle Associates LLC – Jim operates a Veteran-Owned Small Business, which provides independent consulting services to clients using lessons learned for compliance approvals for licensing of technology, protection of intellectual property, and competitive discrimators for small business.

Mr Boyle’s experiences with major Aerospace and Defense contractors includes the transfer of technology and offset management for countries in Europe, Middle East and Asia. His active duty and reserve experiences included enlisted time as an aviation electronics technician at the squardron and intermediate levels of maintenance and competitively selected for direct commissioned Navy Intelligence Officer.”

As trusted advisors within the Aerospace and Defense industry, Jim’s expertise provides our team with resources, knowledge and solutions that both clarify and enhance the capabilities of our core team.

In the past, Jim has noted that Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, “Meets his commitments to deliver actionable decision quality products.”

Our team truly appreciates this partnership and the ability to share best practices – Jim undoubtedly compliments KEM’s domain knowledge.

In acknowledgment and praise of this partnership, Ken Miller shares his personal words, “Jim Boyle – a true professional, vast operational and corporate experience. Whenever I need to know the facts, Jim is the person I call.” – Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates

NADIC features KEM as ‘Company of the Week’

As KEM progresses through 2018, our 10 year company anniversary, we value and recognize our business partners now more than ever.

KEM continues to maintain its significant relationship with NADIC (Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Council) since becoming a Bronze Member in 2012.

We support their mission in all facets –

“NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities and products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community.”

They serve a crucial role in the Defense industry, strengthening NorAm relations, and their shared expertise contributes greatly to our overall mission. Recently, KEM was honored to be featured as a highlighted Company of the Week by NADIC through their digital channels. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“KEM is a trusted advisor to U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Missions.  KEM supports and strengthens our clients’ near and long-term strategies, engagement approaches and deliberate program management disciplines by leveraging our domain knowledge and proven partnership network in Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyber for all markets.”

As a member of the industry, KEM considers it a privilege to be recognized by NADIC. We will continue to build upon this partnership as we move toward the future. We are proud to be a member – thank you from the entire team!

To connect with NADIC, find them on Twitter @NADIC_US

For their full feature on KEM, navigate to their website News section.